PAC has announced new versions of its Access Central and EasiNet Residential software management platforms. The most comprehensive upgrades to both systems since they were initially launched, PAC has introduced a range of dynamic features that will enable commercial and residential premises to maintain high levels of occupant safety as lockdown begins to ease.

“Access control technology has a significant role to play in helping to protect building occupants from infection, alongside its ability to configure smart and reliable strategies to help alleviate anxiety, enhance confidence and maintain regulatory compliance,” commented Pete England, PAC’s global product manager. “Over the last year we have been working hard to leverage the power of our technology. As a result, Access Central v5.3 has been designed to help limit person to person contact, control occupancy levels, reduce surface touches and swiftly initiate contact tracing procedures.”

Designed primarily for the commercial, educational and healthcare sectors, Access Central acts as a central resource for keyholder records and access privileges, with the ability to set preconfigured alarms, track activities and maintain a full audit trail. To build on its existing capabilities, Access Central v5.3 now has additional occupancy management features including managed entrance, occupancy tracking and global anti-passback for accurate tracing of keyholders. This will help make sure occupants adhere to designated one-way flow systems through buildings and do not overpopulate specific areas. Furthermore, a keyholder’s access privileges can be temporarily disabled if they do not read out when exiting an area.

Access Central v5.3 also boasts enhanced building management and security features such as a guard tour that configures set routes around a building for security officers. Using preconfigured parameters, automated event notifications send PC pop-up notifications when occupancy limits are reached and/or exceeded, restrict entry and provide a live display of the number of people in an area. This can form part of a broader health and safety policy, for example, temperature and mask checks or use of sanitisation stations, and can be used to configure a traffic light style system, while time periods are configurable to enable one or multiple managed entrances per day.